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4 Jobs That Are Perfect for Retired Seniors Looking for Work

Updated: Dec 30, 2019


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Whether it's due to financial needs, the desire to feel the fulfillment of work, or the comradery of a workplace environment, more and more seniors are choosing to work after retirement. In fact, according to AARP, over 10 percent of retired individuals are still working.

However, finding a job after retirement isn't always easy. You might be entering an entirely new workforce and a completely different work environment than you were in during your non-retirement years. Luckily, there are a few senior-friendly jobs that can help you remain active in the workforce after retirement.

Consultant

Seniors typically have a lot of previous working experience and knowledge to offer businesses. All of those years you've spent in the workforce can be put to good use as a consultant. There are thousands of different types of consultant jobs that can tap into your previous experience. Also, consultants typically get to set their own hours, allowing you to enjoy part of retirement without completely being left out of the workforce.

Additionally, consultants enjoy an above-average salary and get to help businesses solve key problems and develop overall strategies. Usually, consultants do a chunk of their work from their smartphone, so you can still enjoy home life at the same time.

Driver

It's never been easier to become a professional driver. With apps like Uber, Amazon Flex, and Lyft, becoming a driver only requires a license, a car, and the right smartphone. While the salary for drivers varies based upon which app you use, you get to set your own hours, navigate your city, and meet tons of interesting individuals along the way. Plus, you get to be your own boss, which may be a relief for those who are ambitious and personally motivated.


Pet Sitter

As a pet sitter, you get to watch people's pups, walk them, feed them, and enjoy their company while getting paid. You could start your own pet business and let people drop their pups off at your house, or you can join one of the many pet sitting businesses and drive to work every day.

Like driving for a living, pet sitting has become easier to break into due to smartphone apps. For example, Wag! and many other apps let you sign up to walk people's pets for them. You get to set your own hours, and you get to meet new people and new pets — giving you some company during those long, drawn-out retirement years.

Event Staff

Are you a big fan of music, theatre, or conferences? Joining the events industry will let you jump into some of the fun and magic of some of your favorite event types. The great thing about this industry is that there are so many different types of jobs available. You could run a merchandise booth for bands at a concert stadium, or you could help set up conferences or meeting events.

This is another job where having a smartphone comes in handy. Not only can you browse the plethora of event-related jobs on Indeed, but apps like Staff Base can help you connect to event managers and offer crucial support.

How to Get Hired as a Senior

The easiest way to get hired in today's job landscape is to use your smartphone. Whether you're looking for work as a consultant, driver, pet sitter, or event staff, your smartphone will help you connect to the right jobs, people, and places to help you find work.

Make sure that you have a device that's capable of downloading these apps and running regularly to provide you with the tools you need to succeed. Apple’s series of iPhones, including the XS and XS Pro, offer the power and storage to download apps and tackle any tasks while you’re on the go. Of course, if you're more of an Android person, the Galaxy Note 10+ has a large screen, plenty of battery life, and access to the ever-expanding Play Store.

With thousands of apps aimed at helping people work for themselves, getting a job (full-time or part-time) post-retirement has never been easier. All you need is a smartphone, ambition, and a solid work ethic, and you can find your dream retirement job without ever leaving your couch.


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